What’s most significant for this networked society we’re entering? We already see the birth pangs of some quite intriguing and, by the artists, long anticipated phenomena. Humanoid robot’s are already here. Maybe cold fusion and wine (or rather more precious: energy) out of water is also already here. A less futuristic, but nevertheless disruptive phenomena is already here, I believe. A dramatic increase in sending postcards to each others.
One thing is for sure. Facebook has become mainstream and wiriting status updates to commemorate the highlights of life has become part of most everyone’s day to day thinking. By sending those mini-postcards to our friends we satisfy the longing for village-like community in a modern and postmodern world where just that is one of the least met human needs.
The global village that Marshall McLuhan tried to tell the world would be coming around the corner just about now is here. Maybe in a slightly different form than most would expect. Probably because what’s in those postcards is just about the same thoughts and observations that has always been in them. High and low. More low than high, actually. Or?
Most people share their observations about the food, the weather and prices. A select few share their observations about science, philosophy and society. Nothing new there. You write depending on what you focus your attention on. That way our postcards and status updates tells a a lot more about our psyche than any personlity test. In the globally connected village the chance to find likemindeds and friends is greater than ever before.
When computers get smart enough to understand our language we might just aswell get help to find those people. My guess is that it’s about to happen right now – especially since the abundance of digitally readable postcards is feeding the machines as we speak. Or, we all keep feeding the machines to put it another way.